argan oil organic cold pressed unrefined now : Shea Terra Moroccan Argan Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Oil | Nutrient-Rich, All Natural & Organic Oil with Anti-Aging Vitamin A and E to Increase Skin Elasticity and Condition Dry & Damaged Hair – 4 oz

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argan oil organic cold pressed unrefined now : Shea Terra Moroccan Argan Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Oil | Nutrient-Rich, All Natural & Organic Oil with Anti-Aging Vitamin A and E to Increase Skin Elasticity and Condition Dry & Damaged Hair – 4 oz

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The Berber women have long used argan oil to protect their skin against the powerful Sahara sun. Their skin, even into their eighties, is amazingly supple and smooth. Our Moroccan Argan Extra Virgin Oil is brimming with vitamins A and E, as well as natural plant squalane, giving it an amazing ability to repair skin and hair from the ravages of time and various environmental factors. Use argan oil on your face and body to increase elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles for incredibly soft, younger looking skin. Apply argan oil to the roots and strands of your hair to condition dry hair and aid in the repair of damaged hair.

Shea Terra is respected as the authority on argan oil, having introduced the oil to America in 2003. Our founder, Tammie Umbel, spent years traveling from village to village, seeking the best quality argan oil available. Most argan oil is diluted with cheap oils and produced from nuts gathered along the ocean shore of Morocco, since that’s a well-established trade route. Unfortunately, the high salt content in this region produces inferior fruits. Our Moroccan Argan Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed Oil is chosen from a small town deep within the Atlas. Far from the salty conditions of the ocean side, argan oil from this remote village is found to have higher levels of vitamin E than argan oil from any other region.Shea Terra has established a strong relationship with this producer, visiting several times a year to ensure quality. Our argan oil is not pressed until we order it, it’s also not refined or deodorized so it has a natural aroma that can smell soured or nutty depending on the time of the year it’s pressed.This aroma is normal and preferred.

Superhero IngredientsSuperhero Ingredients

Tammie Umbel, Shea Terra’s founder, has been exploring remote villages throughout Africa for the rarest, power-packed ingredients on the planet since 2000. Shea Terra works with indigenous tribes to discover these potent ancestral plants and minerals and offers these Superhero Ingredients through our concentrated formulas.

Argan Oil

One of the rarest, most exotic oils in the world, the golden oil of the argan plant is found only in a small region of Morocco. A close relative to the shea tree, the argan fruit kernel produces rich, anti-aging oil high in antioxidant vitamin E, polyunsaturated and fatty acids. The unique combination of antioxidant and moisturizing properties in this oil can help to maintain skin elasticity while preventing moisture loss that can contribute to the aging process. This oil can make the skin look softer while limiting the appearance of stretch marks, under eye circles, burns and wrinkles as well and damage from smoking, pollution or harsh sunlight. It can help to regulate sebum so the skin will not look greasy and manage the body’s pH so the skin is less likely to become irritated.

Embark on a Journey of Natural Beauty WisdomEmbark on a Journey of Natural Beauty Wisdom

Since 2000, Shea Terra has been on a quest for natural beauty wisdom throughout Africa, exploring remote villages, trekking through miles of desert on camel back, and sailing into the depths of Nubia. Our journey has allowed us to tap into a wealth of indigenous knowledge and share these remote beauty secrets with the world. Through our diverse line of skin and hair care products, you can embark on this journey of beauty wisdom with us.

The Cold Pressed Method Preserves Potency

Please be aware that our 100% pure, cold-pressed extra virgin oils are not the same as infused oils or essential oils. Distillation is commonly used to derive essential oils from most plants: flowers, trees, vegetables and nuts. The distillation process involves high temperatures, as well as steam and water or a combination of both. For example, plants are sealed in a specialized still as water and/or steam is forced inside. The pressure squeezes out the oil, which is then condensed and collected.

Unlike essential oil, which is distilled from the seed, our cold-pressed extra virgin oil is the whole, complete oil cold pressed from the seed. The seeds for our oil are wild harvested by local inhabitants and sent to the mill for pressing before being sent by air to Shea Terra in its most desired virgin state. This method preserves the fragile vitamins and phytonutrients of the plant. Our oil is not pressed by hand until we order it, it’s also not refined or deodorized so it has a unique, natural aroma.

The first step to extracting oil is to ground the seeds or nuts into a paste. The paste is then mixed in an effort to make the oils better coagulate. In the cold pressed method, oil extraction relies solely on the pressure. No heat is added to the paste. This differs from heated oil extraction methods, which involve heating the paste. Adding heat to the paste increase the amount of oil produced, but the heating process degrades the quality of the oil. Oil created through heating sometimes loses its color, as well. Cold pressing usually produces lower yield, but higher quality oil. That’s why we prefer the using the cold pressed method for our oils.

Is Your Argan Oil the Real Deal?

Since high-quality argan oil is costly to source and produce, requiring hours of labor, there are lots of imitation or inferior argan oil out there. If you’re paying little for your argan oil, you are probably not getting pure, high-quality argan oil.

Argan oil is commonly diluted with oils such as sunflower. Some “argan” oils have been found to not contain any argan oil at all. Argan oil is often diluted by producers in Morocco or by middlemensomewhere between the sale of the oil and the bottling process. Our 100% pure argan oil can be used to determine the authenticity of the texture, feel and smell of argan oil of other brands.

100% pure argan oil has a natural aroma that can smell sour or nutty depending on the time of year it’s pressed. Argan oil that has NO smell is often NOT argan oil at all. If it is, it has been highly heated, refined and deodorized, which denatures the oil and decreases its vitamin content. Argan oil that smells like toast most likely has been roasted, which is great for eating but not for cosmetic use.

Practically all argan oil, except ours, is produced from nuts gathered along the ocean shore of Morocco, since that’s a well-established trade route for argan oil. Unfortunately, the high salt content in this region produces inferior fruits. The trees that bare our argan oil grow high in the Atlas Mountains where the fruits grow large and healthy. It has been shown that argan oil produced from the fruits in this area is much higher in vitamin E than the oil produced from the fruits along the coast.

Natural Beauty That EmpowersNatural Beauty That Empowers

Shea Terra is founded by Tammie Umbel, an enterprising super mom, who built the company while homeschooling 14 of her children. Shea Terra grew out of Tammie’s vision to develop natural skin care treatments that would not only heal and beautify those who use them, but also empower and enrich the lives of many impoverished villages and families throughout Africa.

Since early 2000, Shea Terra Organics has been working with cooperatives and conservation groups to source natural, organic ingredients in a sustainable and ethical way that would create economic opportunities and preserve wildlife. We share these indigenous, time-tested healing ingredients through our breadth of product lines, which include facial care, body treatments, hair herbals and maternity & newborn remedies.

Powerful Nutrients: Brimming with vitamins A and E, as well as natural plant squalane, giving it an amazing ability to repair skin and hair from the ravages of time and various environmental factors.
Cold Pressed to Retain Potency: Unlike essential oils or infused oils, our oils are cold pressed by hand from the seed and aren’t refined or deodorized. This method preserves the fragile vitamins and phytonutrients of the plant.
Strong Ties with Local Inhabitants: Since early 2000 we’ve traveled from village to village seeking the best quality seeds available for our oils. We’ve developed strong relationships with the local inhabitants who wild harvest our organic seeds.
No Nasties: Our products are free of parabens, SLS, sulfates, phthalates, alcohol, propylene glycol, mineral oil, petroleum, recycled water, and synthetic fragrance & dyes; we practice fair trade and our products are cruelty-free and conflict-free.

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